Sampanthan’s generosity shouldn’t be taken for granted

By Manekshaw The Leader of the Opposition and TNA Leader R. Sampanthan reiterating his commitment towards strengthening the reconciliation process has said that Sri Lanka should be given time with conditions to fulfil its commitments vis a vis the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution of 2015 which was cosponsored by the island nation. The TNA Leader had not only shown his political maturity, he has also highlighted his commitment towards not toppling the ‘apple cart’ in an arduous effort of reaching a durable solution to the ethnic question…

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UK company to invest $150 mn in Kanthale sugar plant revival

By Hiran H.Senewiratne UK investor SLI Developers will invest US$ 150 million in the revival of the defunct Kanthale sugar plant, which was inoperative for mare than 24 years. The feasibility study will be done by a German company, “Bosch”, on behalf of the investor, Board of Investment (BOI) chairman Upul Jayasuriya said. “The company signed the agreement with BOI in 2015 August and will go ahead with its operations once the land is released by the Agriculture Ministry. India’s leading sugar company will collaborate to provide technical assistance, Jayasuriya…

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TNA asks armed forces to vacate land including LTTE runways

Leader of the Opposition R Sampanthan has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to remove more camps in the North, especially where the LTTE had constructed runways. Full text of Sampanthan’s letter to the President: “I wish to draw your kind attention to two instances of occupation of private lands by the Armed Forces in the Northern Province, which lands I submit should be released to the Civilians entitled to same at the earliest. 1. Land in Valikamam North in Jaffna District, 2. Land in Kepapulavu in Mullaitivu District. These lands are…

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Vaiko writes to PM on Lanka issue

MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Monday urged the Indian government to change its position in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in favour of an independent international investigation into the alleged genocide of Tamils by the Sri Lankan armed forces in 2009. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said that in the ongoing session of the UNHRC in Geneva, the Indian government should not continue the wrong stance taken by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. “India should not support Sri Lanka on any account.…

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Sri Lankan Navy opens fire on Indian fishermen and kill

Sri Lankan Navy opens fire on Indian fishermen one killed Give nod to attend Church event in Katchatheevu, TN to CentreTamil Nadu fishermen accuse Lankan Navy of pelting stones at them Eight TN fishermen injured in attack by Sri Lankan navy Restore India’s sovereignty on Katchatheevu: TN CM to Modi A group of Indian fishermen, who were fishing between Danushkodi and Katchatheevu off the Tamil Nadu coast, were allegedly fired upon by the Sri Lankan Navy in which one fisherman was killed. The deceased was identified as a 22-year-old man named…

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Suspect in Keith Noyahr abduction once nominated for diplomatic post by Rajapaksha

Major Prabath Bulathwatte from military intelligence, who was arrested last month by the CID for his alleged role in the abduction and torture of senior journalist Keith Noyahr, was once nominated for a high-profile diplomatic post by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and former Chief of National Intelligence Kapila Hendawitharana, the Daily FT learns.The nomination was made in January 2010, shortly before the presidential election where former president Mahinda Rajapaksa was challenged by then General Sarath Fonseka. The news was first revealed by a source connected to efforts to defend…

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“Do Not Give Sri Lanka More Time” – TNA MPs Tell UN

Some 11 MPs representing the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has appealed to the United Nations against granting an extension of time to the Sri Lankan government to implement the 2015 resolutions. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights The MPs have signed the appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), requesting the UNHRC to not give the Sri Lankan government an extension to implement the resolutions, which was to be implemented by this month. The signatories include; S. Sritharan, S. Adaikalanathan, Siva Mohan,…

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“ROLLING OVER” OF UNHRC RESOLUTION IS NOT A GOOD OPTION FOR SRI LANKA

Should Sri Lanka ‘Roll Over’ in Geneva? The 47-member Human Rights Council (HRC) has a mandate to hold no fewer than three regular sessions a year, for a total of at least ten weeks. These sessions take place in March (four weeks), June (three weeks) and September (three weeks). Further, if one third of the Member States requests, HRC could decide to hold a special session at any time, to address human rights violations and emergencies. That was how the 11th Special Session of the HRC was convened to consider…

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